Monday, June 15, 2009

Keep Your Enemies Closer

This is part of an old saying, "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer". I have been following this old saying while doing my glyph business.

If you are going to be running a business in WoW, you should know who your biggest competitors are in any particular market. You should also know their habits.

One thing that I have started doing is putting my competition on my friends list. Not because I like them, but because I can see when they are on.

Most of your competitors will most likely be bank alts parked in one city. If they are on, they are most likely putting up auctions. If you see them on, check you auctions to see if they are undercutting you.

You can also make them play into your hands if you know how they react to situations. One of the sellers on my server puts up one glyph at a time and gets pissed if you undercut him by one silver. He will then take his down and try to sell his one glyph for 3-5 gold more. Someone buys his, and then yours start to get bought up. He loses profit because of being vindictive.

So, keep your enemies very close and enjoy the profits.


Misneach said...

Great advice.

I know exactly who my main competitor is in the ammo market on my server. I know it's a bank alt, and I know when he's usually done undercutting everybody else so I can move in for the kill.

I have no real malice towards the guy, and I hope he does long as my bullets keep selling at the rate they have been.

kyrilean said...

That's actually kind of funny. I finally added all my competitors to my friend's list yesterday. The reason I did it was because it was always 3 others, but there are now 3 new ones trying to break into the market.

There's one guy that does the exact same, except he undercuts by 1c and his retribution seems to come by way of adding 2-3 more glyphs than he originally posted. I haven't figured that one out yet.

Anonymous said...

Interesting advice. I finally came to an odd conclusion about a particular two competitors in my niche market - doesn't make me happy. I'll definitely try this out and see what happens.